Schnider Funeral Home Great Falls Montana


Christine "Chrissie" Jackson


Christine "Chrissie" Jackson

Mar 29, 1957 - Mar 27, 2017

Christine Adele Jackson was my mom. She was way more than just that, but at her core she was a mother, and a proud one. Her love for her family was true, strong, and deep. I felt her love, it was concrete, palpable. You could hear her love in her voice and feel it in her hard hugs. She held on to us with such strength. And now we have to let go of her a little bit, when we most want to hold on tight.

We the children of Chrissie; Anthony, Teresa, Helen, Jeff and Phil, were privileged to grow up in her care and love. We were lucky to have her as our mother. She adored her granddaughter, Skylar and spent countless hours talking and playing with her, in person and via Skype. She wanted Skylar to know her not only as her grandma but as her best friend. Chrissie loved all children and not just her own. She especially loved babies and was compelled to hold each one she encountered. She had numerous adopted grand babies that she showered with affection.

My mother also loved her massive extended family. She left behind her mother Frances, her siblings; Marty, Brian, Carla, Sheila, Larry, Joel, and Carrie, their spouses, and their combined 21 children. Also, her seven aunts and five uncles, and their children, numbering well over one hundred people in the extended family. Only a handful could name them all and she was one of them.

Faith, her faith, was ultimately important. She believed deeply in God’s goodness and in Jesus’ love for us and shared her faith with anyone who would let her.  She went to Mass every day. She was devoted to several Catholic organizations including Cursillo, Cum Cristo and Poor Clare’s. Her community of faith was very important to her.

Mom was an active outdoor woman. She loved to hike with her girlfriends, especially in Glacier Park. She challenged herself to kayak, hike, ride and explore all over Montana.

When mom slowed down for a second she quilted and had several quilts going all the time. Her themes were always about family. The quilts connected her to her Grandma Clark; just as her rugged, can-do, outdoor woman ways, channeled her Grandma J.

For many years Miss Jackson was a dedicated special education teacher at Whittier Elementary School. She tried her best to reach every student that came to her for help. She believed in the value of education as a means of empowerment. 

Our mother, sister, daughter, aunt, niece, grandma, and friend, Chrissie, is gone from this world. She will be missed. We will always have her with us in our hearts, our minds and our fond memories.

Please join us in remembering Chrissie at her vigil service at Holy Spirit Catholic Church Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. and funeral liturgy also at Holy Spirit Catholic Church Monday, April 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. A mass dedicated in her honor will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ennis, MT Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. and graveside service at the Madison Valley Cemetery to follow.

Any donations in Chrissie’s name may be donated to the Poor Clares at 3020 18th Ave S, Great Falls MT 59405.

Public Guest Book

Mar 31st
Leigh Haislip Spencer
Keeping Chrissie's family in my prayers.
Mar 31st
Louise Saltz
Thoughts go to your family and extended family. I worked with Chrissie when ushering at the Mansfield and at GFPS. My mother & I will missing seeing her at church every Sunday. Chrissie will be missed by many.
Mar 31st
Heimel Family
We had the privilege of being Chrissie's next door neighbors for several years. Last summer we worked together in our shared backyard growing a garden. We spent a lot of time talking while we weeded the garden plot. She always talked about family. She was so proud to tell me and my boys stories about her granddaughter and children. We even got the chance to meet Sky & Chrissie bought a pool for all the kids to play in. I'll never forget the hours we spent picking the plethora of tomatos or strategizing together on how we could possibly get rid of the wasp problem we had near our beloved produce we all worked hard to grow. Our family will sincerely miss Chrissie but we are so thankful for the time we were able to spend with her and learn more about her. Thankful she is in the arms of our Father in Heaven.
Apr 1st
Carol Ziegler
It is really hard to know what to say at this hard time. I will miss Chrissie and our phone conversations greatly. I think of all of you and please know that my prayers are with you.

Love you all,
Apr 1st
Donna Phillips
What a shock to hear about the untimely death of someone so special to us all. She was vibrant to her community, to her family, to her extended family and all of her friends and she will be sorely missed. Through all of the many friends and family that our family have lost over these past 18 months, our rock and strength has been in the Lord. While there are many versus in the bible that can give each of us strength, I tend to head for the blessings of the new testament and try to remember that God has a plan and a timeline that is not ours. With that said, I found that II Timothy Chapter 4 Verses 5-9 really seem to speak of Chrissie. She always led by example and she has always known where she would be going when she left this world. We will see her again soon!

Love Always,

Donna, Michael, Nicholas, and Kathryn
Apr 1st
Louise Begalka
There is so much sadness to hear of her passing. I have such memories of growing up down the hill from Chrissie in
Ketchikan. She always had time to listen to us. She was always sewing something in that little nook of a bedroom she had. Oh my she was a wonderful person. Sending many prayers to the rest of the family. Feel as if I have lost a big sister. God has certainly gained another angel.
Apr 1st
Stephanie Mayes
Chrissie was an amazing woman. I am so blessed to have been one of her cousins. I will miss her terribly and am so sorry for the loss of this great light for you all. You are all in my prayers during this time! Love and hugs!
Apr 2nd
Don, Jodie Haseltine
So sorry for your loss, know you are in our hearts and prayers
Apr 2nd
Barbara Butcher
Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never ever the same--Flavia Weedn

Thank you, Chrissie, for all I have learned from you. I will always be grateful for the valuablae lessons in life you've taught me. Rest in Peace.
Apr 2nd
Debra Smith
Jeff & Phil, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mum would visit at the eye doctor office and tell how you were doing, Jeff we prayed for you safety on your many adventures and Phil we prayed that you would get out of the bad situation and attempt to have a life that would take away the misery. I still pray for both to take care, have fun, and live up to your dreams for you. I didn'the know your other brother Anthony or Helen and Teresa well, but your mother always had such love for each one of you. Your mother is a gracious lady that will be missed by many,


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